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5 from 3 votes

Cranberry Chicken Salad

This chicken salad is great for meal prep or any brunch! Perfect on a bed of greens or stuffed between a croissant, this chicken salad will really make an everlasting impression. Filled with sweet and tangy flavors, this recipe is definitely a favorite!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, chicken, chicken salad, cranberries, healthy, lemon juice, lunch, mayonnaise, meal prep chicken salad, mustard, pepper, salt
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Savannah McGhee
Cost: $12


  • 3 pounds boneless and skinless chicken breasts cooked
  • 1 apple finely chopped
  • 1.5 cup celery finely chopped
  • 2 cups cranberries dried
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 3/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 176 degrees Celsius. Place raw chicken breasts on oiled baking sheet.
  • Once oven has preheated, add the baking sheet to bake chicken for 25-30 mins. Internal temperature of chicken should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit. While the chicken cooks, finely chop apple and celery. Set aside.
  • Once chicken has finished cooking, set aside to cool. Once chicken has cooled, cut chicken into small cubes or desired sizes. Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and mix in the mayonnaise, dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Adjust seasoning accordingly. Fold in the apple, celery, and cranberries until well incorporated. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator for at least three hours.


If preparing a larger batch, just double the recipe. This chicken salad would be great with almonds or grapes, too! 


Serving: 8ounces | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg